I learned a long time ago that you can not accomplish anything worth while alone. Asking for help was a tough lesson to learn, but probably one of my most valuable.
A single zealot is akin to the guy dancing by himself at a concert. He looks like a lunatic. Then someone else comes over and starts dancing, and while you consider joining in, you still look at them oddly. It’s not until the 3rd person shows up that it becomes a party. Now, you are building a crowd, having fun and you don’t care what anyone else thinks. More over, everyone else sees how much fun you are having.
This has been my approach to building a team and change within our district. My pontificating on “what needs to change” makes me look like an outcast. Getting several others to buy in early, share that belief and most importantly own it, makes it look like a … dare I say, a movement. We have called our team the Rotary Revolution of 2012.
Granted – nothing happens over night, but the seed has been planted. We have more energy, more enthusiasm, more excitement.
Now we have to plug the details in to make it all come together.